Some Things Take Time

How can you fill a cup with contents when it’s already full? How can you travel to your destination when you have already arrived? How can you seek answers when you already have solutions? Yet this paints a picture of how most of us are. When life presents us with challenges, we resolve to force our way through. We seek divine intervention to come through for us, but rather than wait for the intervention we are seeking, we jump right in with our know- it-all attitude and half-baked solutions trying to bend things to work our way.

Any time you plant a seed, you have to give it time to mature. Again, the seed can only mature under the right conditions, there has to be enough water and sunlight and a few more factors necessary for the seed’s maturity and transformation to a plant. The same applies to us; our prayers and affirmations are synonymous to planting a seed, there has to be right conditions and be patient for the ultimate manifestations of your wants and desires. You have to pray with belief, faith, expectations, and be positive as well as receptive enough to allow the “fruits” of your prayers to manifest. This generation is often referred to as the microwave generation; whatever we seek, we want it to happen immediately, we want the results now not later, otherwise we conclude that it is never going to happen.

Trust in the process in whatever it is you are seeking, the results that you are getting might not be the kind of results that you expect or want, but you have to trust that the all-knowing, all-wise, Divine intelligence is working things in your favor. The Buddha once said that sometimes not getting what you want can be a wonderful stroke of luck. Maybe the kind of solution you are seeking could be detrimental for you in the long run.

You have to be patient with full trust and let the process unfold the way it is supposed to unfold. You have trust and surrender to higher power and believe that everything will ultimately turn out for a greater good for all involved. The scriptures tell us that God’s ways are not our ways and that he makes everything beautiful in his on time; we should draw inspiration from this and peg our trust along these lines.

Persian poet Rumi said the following words which I find utterly beautiful and inspiring, and which each of us should draw some wisdom from.

“When I run after what I think I want, my days are a furnace of stress and anxiety, if I sit in my own little place of patience, what I need flows to me and without pain. From this I understand that what I want, also wants me, is looking for me and attracting me. There is a great secret here for anyone who can grasp it.”

Empty yourself of what you think you know to leave room for new information or for the answers you are seeking to come to you with ease. Empty the cup of its contents so that it can be filled with fresh content. It is impossible to have it both ways.

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